Downtown Plan

Downtown Plan _Work Group Draft_180910-1 Opens in new windowWhile there have been more recent focused studies of parking, mobility, and public improvements, there has not been a comprehensive look at Downtown planning issues (land use, density, historic preservation and connections to recreation) since the 1999 Mountain Town Sub-Area Plan.

Recent discussions regarding building heights, ground floor use requirements, mobility and parking, as well as the infusion of new opportunities such as Steamboat Creates, have demonstrated that a fresh analysis of issues impacting our downtown is needed to ensure that our vision and resulting development standards reflect the community’s goals.

City staff have worked together with planning consultant Design Workshop and a 14-member citizen Work Group to conduct a public process and develop the attached final version of the Steamboat Springs Downtown Plan that addresses the following objectives:

  • Define and synthesize complex and often competing issues that are influencing the future of Downtown; 
  • Provide guidance for implementing and prioritizing Plan goals and strategies.

After over a year-long public planning process, Planning staff, consultants, and the Downtown Plan Work Group are pleased to present the final draft of the City of Steamboat Springs Downtown Plan for your review and adoption.

Role of Downtown Plan

  • Long-range view documenting the vision for the future 
  • Identify challenges and opportunities 
  • Provide options for dealing with issues where circumstances are still evolving or consensus is currently lacking
  • Advisory, not regulatory 
  • Guide for subsequent actions, including policy and regulation

Plan Area

Downtown Plan Area

Downtown Plan Public Open HousePublic Engagement

  • Design Workshop - consultants
  • Citizens Working Group
  • Public Workshops
  • Online Survey
  • Public Open Houses
  • Planning Commission

Action Plan Strategies

Preserving Downtown Character

First and foremost, Downtown plan participants expressed a strong desire for Downtown character to be preserved. This means preservation of the historic fabric AND preserving the opportunity for locals to live, shop, dine and work in Downtown. People influence Downtown character just as much as the built environment. 

The plan prioritizes goals and strategies which support preservation of the historic fabric and strengthens the opportunity for locals to engage in Downtown.


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